Shona Robison MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government
Shona Robison was born in Redcar in 1966. Educated at Alva Academy, she went on to graduate from Glasgow University with a Social Sciences MA and Jordanhill College with a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education. Previously she worked for Glasgow City Council’s Social Work Department.
She was MSP for the North East from 1999-2003 and elected MSP for Dundee East in 2003. Latterly she was Shadow Minster for Health and Social Justice and a member of the Parliament’s Health Committee before being appointed Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Government formed after the May 2007 election.
She was re-elected at the May 5, 2011 election and appointed as Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport.
She became Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport in November 2014.
Journalist and Broadcaster
Pennie Taylor is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters. A former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday.
Pennie has a particular interest in public involvement in NHS development, and has led national and local consultations on a range of issues. Having worked as Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2000 and 2002, she knows how things operate inside the health service as well as on newsdesks. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach, and stimulate, debate.
Head of Local Intelligence, NHS National Services Scotland
Manira joined NHS National Service Scotland in May 2015, and was appointed to lead the deployment of Local Intelligence across Health and Social Care. Within the first year the Local Intelligence Support Team (LIST) were embedded across all Integration Authorities in Scotland and resulted in co-designing linked data across multiple care sectors to support improved decision making for individuals.
In 2016 LIST was awarded “Customer and Partner Engagement” excellence for the transformational leadership in utilising intelligence to support a step-change in cultural and operational innovation. In April 2016 Manira’s remit increased, providing analytical support deployed across Scottish Government. From 2017 Manira has been accountable for developing the intelligence and informatics offering across Primary Care to support the newly formed GP Clusters, whilst designing a “whole systems” approach by transcending boundaries across health, social care and community.
Digital Health and Care Strategic Lead, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, The ALLIANCE
Zahid actively works to increase citizen and third sector participation in innovative digital health and care. He is project director of ‘Our GP’, one of the largest co-design projects undertaken in Scotland, through which citizens and professionals collaborated to design future GP digital services.
Zahid brings 15 years’ experience in digital and previously worked as a Policy Manager at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom and was the Scottish Government’s Head of Telecommunications Policy.
Director, South Ayrshire Health & Social Care
Since June 2014 I have been Director of Health and Social Care with the South Ayrshire partnership. My professional background is in social work. I qualified in the late 1980s and initially worked with Strathclyde Regional Council in a number of positions in children’s services, criminal justice and adult services. I have also worked for the NHS in both the former “Renver” and in Greater Glasgow. In the early 2000s I was the LHCC General Manager for East Renfrewshire. At the time of the establishment of CHPs I took on the role of Head of Health and Community Care in East Renfrewshire. The CHCP in East Renfrewshire was a forerunner of the current integrated arrangements. I was for 7 years responsible for the management of both health and social work services in that role. I am married and have 2 sons. I live in North Ayrshire.
Chief Executive, NHS 24
Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland
A 30 year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is now working for the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified space, putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This has delivered the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) vision for a comprehensive transformation through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design of the in house built Turas digital platform.
Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Robbie Pearson was appointed Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland in December 2016 and previously held the role of Director of Scrutiny and Assurance. A graduate of St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities, he joined the NHS in 1992. He was Director of Planning in a territorial NHS board, before joining the Scottish Government in 2010 as Deputy Director/Head of Healthcare Planning. He is a lay member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Chief Executive, NHSScotland
Director General, Health and Social Care, The Scottish Government
Paul Gray joined the Scottish Government in 1979.
He was appointed Director General for Health and Social Care for the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of NHSScotland in December 2013.
He was previously appointed to the post of Director General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services at the Scottish Government in July 2009 and DG Governance & Communities in December 2010.
Up to July 2009, he was the Scottish Government’s Director of Change and Corporate Services, with responsibility for senior staff development and deployment; human resources; information systems and services; accommodation and estates services; corporate learning; employee engagement; and the Scottish Government’s business improvement and change programmes.
His previous appointment, from October 2005 was the Director of Primary and Community Care. His responsibilities included Primary Care, Community Care, Care of Older People, Adults at Risk, Dental services, Pharmaceutical services and General Medical Services. He held the role of Director of eHealth simultaneously.
Prior to that he was the Director for Social Justice, covering Social Inclusion, Equalities and Voluntary Issues, from October 2003, and before that, he was the Director of Information and Communications Technology.
His career has also covered such diverse areas as Criminal Injuries Compensation, fisheries quota management and licensing, and work with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.
Head of Service - Strategic Development, Public Health & Intelligence (PHI)
Prior to joining NHS National Services Scotland in 2005, Jonathan held a number of IT Project Management posts in the Public and Private Sector and has a strong track record on complex IT and eHealth project and programme delivery. His career in eHealth and IT includes the delivery of the Emergency Care Summary and Key Information Summary systems which were major achievements in improving patient care across Scotland.
In July 2015, Jonathan was appointed as Head of Service for the Strategic Development team for the Public Health& Intelligence (PHI) strategic business unit in NHS National Services Scotland. Jonathan is a CivTech Challenge Sponsor, and has responsibility for the Data Science strategy, as well as leading on a wide-ranging portfolio including projects for Primary Care, Community Care and Innovation.
Technical Lead, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare
Hazel is a Statistician by training and an IT Manager by trade. On joining the health service in 2002, she developed the national Paediatric Video Conferencing Network, providing remote diagnostic support for babies born with suspected congenital heart defects.
Following a secondment as a Planning Manager within NHS GGC, she moved to the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare to supported the development of clinical services using video conferencing technology.
Since joining the SCTT, Hazel has managed the development of the National Video Conferencing Network, the creation of national standards for Video Conferencing and the establishment of the National VC Team.
As a workstream lead for the Technology Enable Care Programme, Hazel is currently supporting the development of health and care services using the Attend Anywhere video consulting platform.
Chief Executive Officer, Spiritus
Known for her foresight and pragmatism, Susan draws upon 25 years of executive experience at EFHutton, Merrill Lynch and SEI Investments in such areas as enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, corporate development, operational risk management, and cybersecurity.
Susan serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. She speaks frequently at industry conferences and universities about blockchain, cybersecurity and IOT in critical infrastructure settings.
Professor Bill Buchanan OBE
Professor of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy (thecyberacademy.org). He has also published over 250 academic papers and 28 academic books. His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, Blockchain, e-Health, and triage within digital forensics. Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers and has one of the most extensive Web sites for computer security education (asecuritysite.com).
Head of Threat Prevention, Northern Europe, Check Point
Aatish Pattni is the Head of Threat Prevention for Northern Europe at Check Point Technologies. He is responsible for the regional go-to-market strategy, channel enablement and direction for Check Point’s award winning SandBlast technology portfolio. He has unique understanding of the challenges faced by clients around perimeter defense, threat prevention, data loss and the growing impact of cybercrime on businesses. As a recognised industry speaker he regularly delivers talks at InfoSec, IP Expo, The European Information Security Summit, NISC UK and several Business Reporter events.
Aatish holds a BSc in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Business Studies from Birmingham University, England.
Head of Service for Integration Support, National Services Scotland
Peter has enjoyed a career that spans the collection and application of statistics and research in both health and social care in Scotland. He is currently Head of Programme for Integration Support at ISDScotland and has previously performed a specialist information role within the Scottish Government. Over several decades he has led the development and/or use of a diverse range of information relating to topics such as care of older people, measurement of functional needs, substance misuse, community health, understanding emergency admissions and NHS waiting times. At present Peter is focussing on the development of national information on social care, working with the Scottish Government, and professionals in health and social care partnerships and local authorities.
Assistant Director of eHealth & Information Services, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Andy Grayer is presently Assistant Director of eHealth & Information Services NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Andy has worked for NHS Ayrshire & Arran for 10 years.
His current role is to ensure that eHealth activity across NHS Ayrshire and Arran is co-ordinated and supports the aims of the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy, delivers joined-up provision of Healthcare in pursuit of Scotland’s 2020 vision of health and care, and ties in with the change and improvement agendas set out by the Scottish Government.
He is actively involved in shaping and delivering a number of Scotland’s wider strategic digital initiatives. Andy brings all this experience to his role as a member of the West of Scotland eHealth Leads group. In his eHealth role, he chairs the NSS Information Technology PACS Technical Design Authority group.
Founder and Hacker in Chief, The Social Kinetic
Claire is a design thinker, engagement specialist, leadership coach and author of the Alt-Report: Where the click do you start to create a digital NHS? She believes people are the innovators and designers of what’s possible and that success lies in how you engage and enable them.
She works predominantly in the health and technology sectors with a wider background ranging from banking to behaviour change. Claire uses a mix of creative tools and deep insight to facilitate the co-design of strategies, services and solutions to todays big social challenges such as how to create high quality, patient centric, joined up health systems.
Chief Nursing Officer
Fiona is Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, a post she took up in March 2015. Her portfolio includes leadership of the countries’ nursing & midwifery staff as well as having Scottish Government Director level responsibility for AHP, HCS, Regulation, HAI and Nursing & Midwifery policy advice. Prior to taking up her current position, Fiona has worked as an Executive Nurse Director in Scotland since 1993 in a variety of Trusts, Directly Managed Units and NHS Boards. She was a shadow member of an IJB and is an honorary professor with the University of the West of Scotland.
Morten Elbæk Petersen
Chief Executive Officer, Sundhed.dk
Morten Elbæk Petersen has been the CEO of the Danish eHealth portal, sundhed.dk, since it was founded in 2003. He has more than 20 years of management experience in public administration with a primary focus on implementing eHealth, quality development, prevention and patient empowerment. The Danish eHealth portal pioneers open access to medical records, and is in this regard unique worldwide.
Morten Elbæk Petersen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Science from the University of Odense. He also serves as an external lecturer and examiner for Public Health IT Masters programmes at Danish universities.
In 2015, he received HIMSS Europe eHealth Leadership Award.
Chief Executive, NHS National Services Scotland
Colin joined NSS in 2008 initially as Logistics Director and then as Director of National Procurement. He has since been Director of NSS’ Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Business Unit before being appointed Chief Executive on 1st August 2016.
He has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors working for a range of large public ltd companies in the manufacturing and logistics fields. Prior to joining NSS Colin was Regional Operations Director for a major UK logistics business where responsibilities included business development and customer account management.
Colin’s career has been in the service sector and he brings this experience to his current role with a focus on providing high quality customer service, understanding and working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders and delivering new services to meet changing needs.
eHealth Head of IT Operations, NHS Fife
Allan has 18 years operational IT experience within both the private and public sectors. He left Nationwide Building Society and joined NHS Fife in early 2015.
His current challenge is to maximise the availability of enterprise level IT Operations in order to support modern day healthcare. This is whilst delivering continuous improvement and supporting a relentless delivery programme.
Allan has performed the role of Incident Manager during a number of major outages during his career; including a complete Data Centre power failure and the more recent WannaCry cyber attack. Cyber Security is something that keeps Allan awake at night and is currently top of the request list for additional IT funding allocation within NHS Fife.
His experience with ‘always on’ systems began as a Weapons Technician in the Royal Navy at a time a computer filled a room. He uses this long relationship with technology and extensive experience with banking platforms to help influence robust and resilient IT Operations within Health and Care.
Business Manager, UK and Ireland, Forcare
Robin Breslin has worked in healthcare software for 30 years. Starting in radiology, Robin as been a programmer (wiring CR/MR and 3D software) and became involved with Interoperability through radiology image sharing (DICOM and HL7). For the past 7 years Robin has been working in the wider aspects of healthcare interoperability and the implementation of standards based solutions (IHE XDS and FHIR) with international and UK experience.
George Crooks OBE
Chief Executive, Digital Health and Care Institute
Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges.
He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association, andis on the Board of the European Foundation for Critical Care. He leads the Integrated Care Action Group on behalf of the European Commission within the European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing. He is Chair of the Scottish Digital Health and Care Innovation Programme Board, focussing on the adoption and delivery, at scale, of technology enabled care services across Scotland. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.
Scottish Government NMAHP Digital Health and Care, Clinical Lead and Nurse Consultant Digital Health and Care
Mark was born in Dumfries; Scotland however he has lived and worked in Ayrshire for the last 29 years.
He completed his Registered Mental Health Nurse Training in Dumfries in 1989 and also has a BSc in Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Management of Health and Social Care. He has continued his learning in Health Informatics at Masters Level.
Mark worked clinically as both a hospital and community based Mental Health Nurse for many years in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.
In 2003 Mark was seconded from his clinical post to manage a programme of work developing Integrated Care Pathways and exploring how the use of a Digital Health and Care systems could support both patients and their carers’ journey through mental health services.
In 2007 Mark moved part time to Healthcare Improvement Scotland as one of 3 National Integrated Care Pathway coordinators for Mental Health Services.
Mark worked on that programme at Healthcare Improvement Scotland until 2014. He then moved to the Scottish Government where he is now one of the Digital Health and Care Clinical Leads for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.
Marks role in Ayrshire and Arran has also evolved over the years and he currently the Nurse Consultant for Mental Health and Digital Health and Care across the local NHS system and their 3 Health and Social Care Partnerships.
Dr Margaret Whoriskey, MBE
Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government
Margaret is responsible for the national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland. She also has a lead role in development of policy on Technology Enabled Care and has a sponsorship role for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. She is active in the European arena and European Innovation Partnership (EIP).
Up until November 2015 Margaret was Director of the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) in Scotland having joined when it was established in 2005. The Joint Improvement Team was a unique partnership between the Scottish Government, Local Government (CoSLA), NHS Scotland, the Third, Independent Care and Housing sectors, tasked with accelerating the pace of local change and improvement in the quality of Scotland’s health and social care and support services.
Margaret trained as a clinical psychologist and worked in clinical and managerial positions in the NHS for many years. From 1998 , and prior to joining JIT, Margaret has worked in a national capacity with the Scottish Health Advisory Services (latterly NHS Quality Improvement Scotland) and as a commissioner with the Mental welfare Commission for Scotland.
Chief Digital Officer, Local Government Digital Office
Chair, Thornley House Patient Participation
Ingrid Brindle is chair of Thornley House Patient Participation Group in Hyde, Cheshire. The group was recently awarded the accolade of “Most outstanding Patient group in the UK! She is a member of the patient group at the RCGP and also at Health Innovation Manchester. She was also a member of the Patient Online team working to promote patient’s access to their personal health information
She is the founder of Health Pledge (www.healthpledge.co.uk). This is a campaign to get people to think about self-care and pledge to make a change to improve their health.
She has had online access to all her GP records since 2006 and has presented her experiences at many conferences, meetings and training sessions. She believes passionately that patients can only make good health choices if they are provided with relevant, good quality, “joined up” information when they need it. She thinks that the proliferation of digital devices and apps needs careful handling. She also believes that patients need health care professionals who are prepared to work collaboratively, who listen and are willing to participate in shared decision making. She agrees with others that patients and carers are the most under used resource in the NHS!
Chief Digital Officer, Digital Office For Scottish Local Government
Martyn leads the new Digital Office for Scottish Local Government which was set up in 2016 to look at creating, delivering and accelerating innovative digital solutions to help Scottish Councils with the challenge of balancing their budgets whilst still delivering critical front line services.
Before joining the Digital Office and indeed Public Sector, Martyn’s career has been in the tech sector working with Private & Public Sector clients understand and innovate with new Digital technology. He has worked for companies including Capita Secure Digital Solutions, Telefonica O2UK, BlackBerry, Computacenter and Compaq plus been a board advisor to some startups.